Issue of November 23, 2014
Mt. Province

Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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TWG shelves EO for CAR ‘special region’

The technical working group tasked to draft an executive order to heed President Benigno Aquino III’s proposal for a Cordillera “special region” got confronted with legality issues that it ended up ironing out a resolution instead of an executive fiat.

ABOVE BOARD? -- Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala inspects the ongoing construction of the P1 billion worth Agri-Pinoy Trading Center in La Trinidad, Benguet before holding a closed-door meeting with key stakeholders and provincial officials led by Rep. Ronald Cosalan, Gov. Nestor Fongwan, Mayor Edna Tabanda, BSU President Ben Ladilad, and farmers groups’ leaders. The cabinet member vowed issues and concerns on the operation and management of the facility will be properly addressed before the project is completed.
-- Harley Palangchao/
Redjie Cawis
Stakeholders clarify issues and concerns on Agri-Pinoy
The Baguio district office of the Department of Public Works and Highways agreed to suspend construction of three new overpasses, to inform the agency’s central office of the city council’s inputs about the project.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Issues and concerns on the operation and management of the multi-million Agri-Pinoy Trading Center were discussed by parties in a meeting Thursday presided over by Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala.


The regional Department of Health is focusing on delivering to the public balanced and right messages and information about the ebola virus disease so as not to create panic.

The 20th edition of the Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga was launched Monday with organizers upbeat that the event will bring close to a million visitors and huge revenues for the city and the private sector.
URBAN HERITAGE WALK -- An employee of the Department of Foreign Affairs shares to Baguio youth accounts about Casa Vallejo, a heritage site and among the oldest buildings in the city. Government information officers Ramon Dacawi and Art Tibaldo and Dhobie de Guzman, executive producer of a local TV news program, spearheaded the urban heritage walk to let the younger generation appreciate and value the city’s heritage sites and care for the environment. -- Carlito Dar
HOT LOGS -- The Cordillera police command has sustained its anti-illegal logging campaign especially within remaining green patches in the region with series of operations in coordination with the DENR. S/Insp. Azalea Nucup of the Benguet PNP inspects the 79 pieces of pine logs that were illegally cut by two out-of-school youth at Barangay Loacan, Itogon. The logs were recovered by the Itogon PNP led by C/Insp. Faustino Bandao on Nov. 16 through an information by a concerned resident.
-- Harley Palangchao
SAVING AMBURAYAN RIVER -- Provincial and town officials of Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and La Union join Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan, JVOFI Executive Director Ma. Rosario Lopez and USAID Deputy Office Director for Economic Development and Governance Kevin Sharp in signing a memorandum of agreement outlining the roles of the local government units and concerned regional line agencies in protecting the Amburayan River Basin and Watershed that straddles the three provinces. The protection of the river is best implemented through good governance and active participation of indigenous peoples.
-- Redjie Cawis
COUNTERING COLD WEATHER --The cold weather experienced in Baguio and other areas in Benguet is easily countered with cups of coffee in the morning and the rest of the day. Here, native coffee is overflowing for the public during a recent gathering of members of indigenous groups in the Cordillera. The Department of Health is advising the public to take precautions to avoid contracting cold weather-related illnesses.
-- Harley Palangchao
ADIVAY IN LONDON -- Indigenous peoples from 13 towns of Benguet who have settled or are working in the United Kingdom join their province mates in celebrating the Adivay Festival through dances, singing, and other traditional activities in London recently.
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TOWN’S BEST PRODUCTS -- Quality agricultural and by-products, including processed meats from the 13 towns of Benguet are on display at the Adivay agro-trade fair at the Benguet Sports Center in Wangal, La Trinidad. Selling of phony products is disallowed by trade fair organizers.
-- Harley Palangchao
SECOND OVERALL FINISH -- Team Baguio snares 38 gold, 32 silver and 35 bronze medals in the recently held 2014 Batang Pinoy Luzon leg in Naga City with Quezon City topping the eliminations with 50-41-35 medal haul. Here, Chelsea Xen Tacay lands a kick to the head of her opponent during taekwondo elimination rounds. -- Paul Rillorta

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